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A 38-year-old convicted felon was behind bars Thursday for allegedly firing a gun in Coachella and possessing narcotics.

Fernando Luis Ruiz was arrested Wednesday evening on suspicion of being a convicted felon in possession of ammunition, a non-serialized handgun, narcotics while armed, methamphetamine and fentanyl, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. He was also arrested for the alleged negligent discharge of a firearm.

Ruiz was booked into the John J. Benoit Detention Center in Indio and was being held on $50,000 bail.

Patrol deputies and the Coachella Community Action Team responded near Suncrest Street and Avenue 51 at around 6 p.m. Wednesday to a report of someone armed in the area, according to the department.

Authorities said Ruiz matched the description of the armed suspect and when CCAT members detained him, they allegedly found a loaded firearm and narcotics in his possession. Prior to their arrival, Ruiz allegedly fired a round, but no one was injured and no structures were struck.

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